June 22, 2024

The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology-Cordillera and its eight jail units received the Red Orchid Award from the Department of Health for its smoke-free initiative.

Aside from the award, each unit also received P15,000 each as incentive. 

Geeny Anne Austria of the DOH-Cordillera Health Promotion and Communications Management Unit presented the awards at the Baguio City Jail Male Dormitory Chapel during the BJMP-Cordillera’s Regional Management Conference.

The jail unit awardees were, Baguio City Jail Male Dormitory, Ifugao District Jail, Mountain Province District Jail, Kalinga District Jail, Alfonso Lista District Jail, La Trinidad District Jail Male Dormitory, La Trinidad Municipal Jail, and La Trinidad District Jail Female Dormitory.

The Red Orchid Award is an annual recognition program of the DOH to commend government offices, local government units, and other organizations for their successful implementation of tobacco control initiatives and efforts to create a smoke-free environment.

The award acknowledges entities that have demonstrated dedication in enforcing smoke-free policies, implementing tobacco control programs, and advocating for tobacco-free lifestyles.

Through the recognition, it aims to inspire and encourage institutions to actively engage in tobacco control efforts, ultimately contributing to the reduction of smoking prevalence and the protection of public health.

The Baguio City Jail Female Dormitory is a hall-of-fame holder for securing the award for three consecutive years. – Eden Faith Fataner